It Just Got Easier to Have a Civil Marriage Ceremony in DC

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From a press release:

“The DC Superior Court is pleased to announce that due to the recent significant increase in marriage license applications and requests for civil marriage ceremonies at the courthouse, the Marriage Bureau has added a dedicated marriage license application center, additional staff, and a second marriage ceremony room. The second ceremony room will open Monday, September 16, potentially doubling the number of courthouse marriage ceremonies each day.

“We recently experienced a significant increase in our workload, it seems as a result of the US Supreme Court’s decision in US v. Windsor. The last two months we have seen a doubling in the usual number of marriage license applications, with more than 100 customers served each day. When we realized that our current staffing and space did not accommodate the recent demand for our services, we added staff and converted space to meet the need,” said Duane Delaney, Clerk of the Superior Court.

DC Superior Court issues marriage licenses to couples who intend to be married within the District of Columbia, regardless of where they reside. The DC Code requires a three-day waiting period from the date an application is received before the Marriage Bureau may issue a license. Couples may elect to have a proxy apply on their behalf. The cost is $35 for the license, plus $10 for the certificate. For additional information, and links to the required forms, see”

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  • This is great news! We got civilly married in DC this summer, and it was a mess. The office was overrun, the waiting room way too small, and they had one planner in which they scheduled ceremonies and it was all hand written. No one answered their phones for us to confirm, and the wait was 4 weeks (despite their website saying around 10 days)

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